Murrieta wrestling coach arrested for inappropriate behavior w/ minors


Murrieta police arrested Michael Atkins in the 46000 block of Teton Trails in the city of Temecula.

At the time of the allegations, Atkins was a coach for the Murrieta Golden Hawks Youth Wrestling Club, an Amateur Athletic Union after school program that rents a facility at Murrieta Valley High School.

The arrest was made following an in-depth investigation. An anonymous booster club representative contacted police after noticing that Atkins had developed a personal relationship with at least three minors on the club team.

The inappropriate actions took place off campus. No connection to the school or district was found.

The 44-year-old was arrested and booked at Southwest Jail for providing controlled substance to minor, showing pornography to minors, providing alcohol to minors and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with additional information regarding the case was urged to contact Detective Paul Johnson at (951) 461-6359 or Sergeant Robert Anderson at (951) 461-6317.

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